BLU-RAY REVIEW

Fire With Fire

Featured In Issue 175, March 2013

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Sound4.5
WSR Score4
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(Studio/Distributor):
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
33125
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
Strong violence, language, and brief sexuality
(Retail Price):
$24.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
97
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
Not Indicated
(Theatrical Year):
2012
(Theatrical Release):
No
(Direct-To-Video Release):
Yes
(Disc Release Date):
11/06/12
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
David Barrett
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(Disc Soundtrack):
DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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After witnessing the brutal murders of a convenience store owner and his son, firefighter Jeremy Coleman (Duhamel) barely escapes with his life. As he is forced to testify against a crime lord, he is placed in the witness protection program under the watch of the U.S. Marshals Service. As his new identity becomes compromised, Jeremy is forced to take an unexpected course of action in order to get his life back and save the lives of those he loves. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director David Barrett and Cinematographer Christopher Probst; actors' commentary with Vincent D'Onofrio, Julian McMahon, James Lesure, and Eric Winter; behind-the-scenes interviews (HD 09:20); extended interviews with actors Josh Duhamel, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, McMahon, Winter, Lesure, and Director Barrett and Producer Randall Emmett; the trailer; and upfront previews.

The 2.38:1 1080p AVC picture is nicely presented with a warm, cinematic appearance, though, it was photographed digitally. Contrast is well balanced with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The color palette is naturally rendered and warmly hued. Fleshtones appear natural throughout. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail revealed, especially in close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. Overall image quality is good and effective visually. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is driven by a deep, powerful bass foundation that accompanies the music score and provides hump to the sound effects. When the .1 LFE kicks in, the soundtrack is engaged in bass energy that intensifies the violent action. The music score is spatially immersive and effectively enveloping, filling the soundfield with an aggressive presence. Dialogue sounds natural but is wanting in spatial integration. This is a very engaging soundtrack that is dynamic and intensely aggressive during the action sequences. (Gary Reber)